Linus Torvalds: Microsoft Is Full Of Shit & Lying About Convergence

Over the weekend, Linus Torvalds’s talk at his alma mater—Aalto University in Finland went viral for his sharp and blunt criticism of nVidia for their Linux support. While I wanted to watch the talk, I kept putting it off until the boredom of the slow weekend got to me and I had nothing else to do. So I decided to listening and realized after 10 minutes into the talk that it was boring. I fast forwarded by 20 minutes and it got entertaining.

Around 40 minutes in, someone mentioned to Linus that both Linux and GitHub were accidental, so what’s the next “accidental” project Linus has in mind. Linus started answering the questioning by talking about mobile and desktop kernel convergence, mentioned Apple’s 2-OS approach, said Microsoft has the same approach and BAM! Linus said Microsoft was lying and they’re full of shit. After a boring day I finally laughed out.

According to Linus, Microsoft is not converging the mobile and desktop OS with Windows 8 which technically might be true as of now but is strategically incorrect. Time and again there have been reports of Microsoft working on unifying the underlying tech in Windows and Windows Phone, and Apollo is expected to be the first step towards that goal. You can watch Linus calling out technology giants (and showing nVidia the finger) below:

FOSS Friday: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 Available, Oracle Says OpenSolaris Will Live And Lots More

Welcome to another edition of FOSS Friday, where we wrap up the week’s news and tips on FOSS.


  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 1 now available

After a delay of a day due to certain critical issues, Canonical has announced the availability of first beta Ubuntu 10.04. Apart from being a Long Term Support (LTS) release the 10.04 version gets a visual facelift, dropping its traditional brown colour scheme for a much lighter colour scheme.

  • OpenSolaris will live

OpenSolaris users have been apprehensive about the long term availability of the OS, especially considering the fact that Oracle now owns Solaris due to its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Adding to the uncertainty, there was barely any mention about OpenSolaris when Oracle executives discussed their plans for Solaris in the near future. To dispell these fears, Dan Roberts, director of Solaris product management at Oracle stated “Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community”.

  • Linus Torvalds named most influential open source blogger

A study conducted by Infoworld concludes that Linus Torvalds is the most influential open source blogger, and that his opinions are considered as highly regarded in the Open Source world. Joining him in the list are other promineent open source voices, including Tim O’Reilly, Google’s Chris Messina, and Mono founder Miguel de Icaza.

Tips And Features

  • Ubuntu 10.04’s five best new features

Popular Linux blogger and evangelist SJVN talks about the new Ubuntu 10.04’s best new features – which include a manual(!), extensive integration with popular social networking sites and the fantastic new theme.

  • Some FOSS Financial and Accounting software

Tech Source has a compilation of some awesome FOSS financial and accounting software including Grisbi, jGnash and KMyMoney. If you ask me however, GnuCash is my preferred utility.

  • Two note taking applications compared

LinuxInsider compares two note taking applications, XPad and Tomboy. If you use Tomboy across several machines, Clif Sipe has a neat tip to keep all your notes the same across several machines using Dropbox.

That’s it for this edition of FOSS Friday. Do post a comment if you would like to add a tip or two or have any suggestions!

Linus Torvalds is the Most Influential Open Source Voice After Tim O’Reilly

According to a new study at Infoworld, Linus Torvalds is the most influential Open Source Blogger. The ranking system places Tim O’Reilly, Linus Torvalds, Google’s Chris Messina, Jonathan Schwartz and Gnome and Mono founder Miguel de Icaza in order of their popularity. Linus Torvalds although named second is actually the most influential Open Source blogger and his opinions are held in high regards.

The ranking system considers several factors including Google and Twitter trends.

Tim O’Reilly has a 1.4 million twitter followers and tweets regularly though Linus Torvalds updated his blog last on the 24th of February. Moreover, Linus Torvalds blogs mostly on personal activities and only seldom writes posts that reflect his views and ideas.

Infoworld throws more lights on this saying,

Open source collaboration vendor MindTouch is releasing the ranking Wednesday in conjunction with the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. The vendor came up with a top 50 list after grading about 200 open source commentators on how much buzz is created by their blog posts, tweets and other messages.

The world of Open Source is moved by these people and everything they say goes into the bible of Open Source. The ranking will help recognize those who are doing good to the community. As for the ranks themselves, each of these personalities from the Open Source world are valuable in their own way. The ranks are in no way indicative of their authority over each other.